Gaskell CP School is a multicultural school serving an inner city area of Bolton with exceptionally high levels of deprivation. The school has 320 on role and is an INA gateway school. PE and School Sport has been recognised to be an underpinning factor in integration.
To help underpin all the elements of behaviour management, teaching and learning, the Head Teacher and Senior Management Team created a role to use PE and sport to underpin these elements. The Head of PE and School Sport will have an overview of all pupils by working in each class.
Partners such as Total swimming and gymnastics, British cycling, Horwich amateur boxing club and Anderton centre for sailing have helped fund non–specialist teachers to be upskilled to ensure sustainability. This is evidenced through school website reporting and liaison with the PE and Sport premium lead for Bolton.
Funding has also been focused on a consistent approach with new a Scheme of Work (SoW) that non-specialists can deliver with the specialist PE teacher supporting them. As well as this, there was also a focus on adopting new SoW-Real PE.
This is skills based with a focus on core skills and physical literacy from EYFS and upper KS2. In addition, funding also focused on the whole school training on gym, dance and games and also including family out of school hours with having family fun resources.
This change has had many impacts including having more young people being on age appropriate PE levels and delivering consistently high quality PE lessons. Furthermore, the school are now running 40 clubs with a high proportion of sporting opportunities which is showing to have an impact on the pupils with increased evidence of healthier lifestyles and a raised attainment of pupils’ attitude to school. In addition, the pupils have a greater self-awareness and the ethos of the school is imbedded through high quality PE at all stages.
Yahaya Shawffi – Year 6 pupil
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